Wisconsin teen killed in apparent distracted driving crash had 'before 18' to-do list

- 16-year-old Kyra Hayes was killed in an accident on Friday in Wisconsin; her parents want to remind others that all actions matter on the road and off the road. 

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Kyra Hayes had a to-do list of things she wanted to do before her 18th birthday.

Fox 9 spoke with Kyra’s parents on Monday evening. They did not want to comment on the specifics of the crash, or the other driver, until they had further information. But, they hope Kyra’s life serves as an inspiration.

 “Just think about what you do and realize you’re not the only one in this world, and every decision you make in the day sends out ripples, and make sure your ripples are blessing somebody and adding to somebody,” said Ione Hayes, Kyra’s mother.

A GoFundMe campaign initially created help with funeral expenses will instead be used to create a memorial or scholarship to honor Kyra Hayes. Click here to contribute.

Kyra’s parents told Fox 9 their daughter constantly worried about unfairness, and helping her friends, and her life is a reminder that actions matter, on the road and off.

Luke Hayes, Kyra’s dad, said she was “beautiful in the fact everything she did for other people because that’s really who she was.”

“Kyra always found that person who wasn’t having the best day, wasn’t being treated fairly,” Ione Hayes, her mother, said. “I think I would just ask is go help that person, find that person being picked on, maybe isn’t being included and make sure they’re included.”

Kyra was a sophomore at Ellsworth High School. She loved singing, and hoped to one day become a doctor.

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